Photographed By: Andrea Domjan
Photographer Assistant: Rebecca Thacker
Written By: Marissa Stempien
Styled By: Teresita Marie
Hair By: Chris Dylan
Makeup By: Spencer Barnes
Location:The Palm Baum
Never meet your hero. It’s a well-known adage that feels even more relevant in a time of Instagram influencers and YouTube personalities, but if you’re a fan of Kandee Johnson—toss that advice right out the window. From the moment she stepped into the Palm Baum for our October cover shoot, Johnson was best friends with everyone on set, from the photo shoot coordinator to the social media assistants. She’s one of those celebrities you’ve got to meet to believe.
The pink home in Desert Hot Springs was the perfect setting for Johnson’s cover shoot, confirmed by her excitement the moment she walked through the door. Immediately tossing a record onto the home’s millennial-pink record player, she danced around the room as she changed for hair and makeup, rocking out as hair stylist Chris Dylan and makeup artist Spencer Barnes transformed her into our dream-worthy cover model. “This is my first cover!” she gushed excitedly as Barnes brushed eyeshadow along her eyelids.
First cover shoot or not, Johnson worked like a pro. With every click of the camera, photographer Andrea Domjan announced that it was the perfect shot. “We spent a fantastic day at the Palm Baum, which reminded me of a life-size Barbie house. It was the perfect location to shoot with Kandee,” said Domjan. “She is one of the nicest people I have ever worked with. The creative team was phenomenal; we had an amazing time creating her images!”
Johnson agreed. Every image was her favorite, every outfit was the best, and as she chose her next look with wardrobe stylist Teresita Marie, she couldn’t help falling in love with everything on the rack. “Kandee is a sweetheart. I wanted to bring options that matched her online personality—fun, bright and full of life,” explained Marie. “Luckily it was a great match. We wore gowns, we wore pantsuits, we wore swimsuits and we wore it with eloquence. She was open, talkative and so enjoyable to work with. The entire beauty team was a blast and I felt that it was a dazzling successful day. A match made in rainbow heaven.”
By the end of the day-long photo shoot, Johnson never lost her bubbly personality, encouraging the crew to take a group photo with her. Although it was her first time to Palm Springs, as she packed up her belongings and made her way back to the car, she was already planning her next trip to the desert—and we can’t wait to have her.